PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 11

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 11

Welcome to PEI Provider News! Our weekly e-newsletter to providers combines provider resources, stories of interest, exclusive educational opportunities and grant information.

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Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Guidance from DSHS and the Governor is available online for all Texans as we respond to the pandemic. Information changes weekly; it's a good idea to bookmark this page for the most up-to-date, accurate information on current response efforts. 

Help and Hope COVID-19 resource page: Visit to find updated resources for providers and the general public.

Coronavirus Resources for PEI ProvidersInformation on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

Latest statewide COVID-19 info and trends from the Texas Tribune using data from the Texas Department of State Health Services to track how many people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Texas each day. 

Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily WebinarsBe Strong Families is hosting a free series of webinars in English (12:00 P.M. CDT) and Spanish (1:30 P.M. CDT) daily. Check out their website for topics including grieving experiences and expectations, family storytelling workshop, self-care for caregivers, financial resilience, and candid experiences of COVID-19.

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Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Coverage Ends December 15

Open enrollment for people eligible for marketplace insurance plans runs through Dec. 15. 

To apply for or re-enroll in Marketplace coverage, visit or call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users can call 1-855-889-4325.

2021 Prevention Calendars Now Available

Parenting Calendar 2021 Covers

This free family resource is filled with helpful tips for parents and caregivers of children of all ages. It’s available in English and Spanish, and endorsed
by The Texas Pediatric Society.

Order while supplies last! Calendars are shipped for free and in quantities of 100 calendars per box. Questions? Contact us.

Order 2021 Calendars

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Training Tuesdays with PEI

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Join us from 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

November 17th: Safe Sleep

There are about 3,500 sleep-related infant deaths each year in the United States. Sleep-related fatalities are preventable which makes it imperative that we bring awareness regarding the importance of safe sleep practices and learn appropriate methods to educate the families we are working with. During this webinar we will discuss the different safe sleep campaigns, statistics on infant deaths from unsafe sleep practices, differences between unsafe sleep and co-sleeping, and the resources providers can utilize to educate families.

Be Strong Families Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance

Did you attend the Parent Café Training in May-July 2020? Be Strong Families is hosting a series of Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance webinars for providers who participated in the PCTI trainings. Providers recently Certified as Parent Café hosts are strongly encouraged to attend. Register for one or all the webinars below:

Webinar #1 - Calling ALL Parents!
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Parent recruitment strategies will be front and center and tips will be shared how to get Parents to join the Café and keep coming back.

Webinar #2 - Taking the Conversation Deeper
Date: Thursday, December 3rd
Time: 10:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M.

The success of the Parent Café depends on Room Host’s ability to take the conversation deeper while maintaining a safe environment. Learn some ways to accomplish this.

Webinar #3 - Creating Compelling Themes
Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Join your fellow Café Hosts in developing themes that engage parents in conversations that matter! Learn how to match the Protective Factors to themes that will get parent's attention.

The Essentials of Home Visiting

Essentials Home Visiting

Visit the Essentials of Home Visiting portal to register for and attend webinars at a cost of $25.00 per webinar session.

Promoting Effective Parenting with Motivational Interviewing

Date: Tuesday, November 17th 
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST
Register by Monday, November 16th, at 12:00 P.M. CST

Reflective practice is essential to providing high-quality home visiting services and engaging with families. The utilization of motivational interviewing in reflective practice can greatly enhance the effectiveness of services and improve relationships with families served. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. This webinar identifies the fundamental elements of motivational interviewing and explores strategies for using motivational interviewing in home visiting.

Note: This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Date: Thursday, December 3rd
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST
Register by Wednesday, December 2nd at 2:30 P.M. CST

As a home visitor, how can you help families understand child growth, child development, and how parenting techniques may impact their child's development? This webinar focuses on risk factors, family patterns, and cultural beliefs related to domestic violence.

Note: This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Webinar: Prevention in Infants and Children During the Holidays

Date: Thursday, December 3rd
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CST

The HHSC Office of Disability Prevention for Children and Safe Kids Austin present a webinar on preventing injuries in infants and children during the holidays. While the holidays are a time for joy and celebration for many, injuries and deaths due to toys, decorations, and other causes are all too frequent. Presenters will address these issues, as well as practical tips and resources aimed at promoting infant and child safety. 

This webinar is intended for parents and providers who work with families and others caring for infants and children throughout the state.

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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Achieve OnDemand: Domestic Violence in Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Domestic violence is a prevalent, recurring issue in home visiting. Build confidence to address domestic violence while working with families as their home visitor. Topics include impact of violence on family systems, parenting, and child development. Common scenarios and strategies are presented for talking with parents about keeping themselves and their children safe. This course supports you in developing a non-judgmental approach in working with families whose background and circumstances may differ from your own.

Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Achieve OnDemand: The Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors (Self-Paced Course)

It’s the role of the home visiting supervisor to equip, support and partner with home visitors to address these issues within the bounds of their role in a home visiting program. This course will further your understanding of the impact of trauma on family and community systems as encountered by home visitors, and provides strategies for you as a supervisor to support a home visitor in addressing trauma while promoting practices of reflection and self-care. 

Note: This training can earn you in-service credits towards Endorsement® from your state’s Infant Mental Health Association if your state is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®.

To take these courses: 
Type or paste the course names above into the search bar on the PEI Learning Hub:

  1. Click on the course and select “request”
  2. On your transcript select “launch” to begin
  3. When the video is complete, go to "completed" courses in your transcript
  4. Select "evaluate" to provide feedback

For questions, contact

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Funding Opportunities: PEI Request for Applications

The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division seeks applications to develop and implement:

All requests, questions or other communication about this RFA shall be made in writing to: 

Jennifer Kim, CTCD, CTCM
Health and Human Services Commission
1100 West 49th Street;
Mail Code 2020
Building S Austin, TX 78756

All communications between Applicants and DFPS staff members concerning the RFA are strictly prohibited, unless noted elsewhere in this RFA. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disqualification of Applicant's Grant Application.